Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CIMED) is the world’s first engineering-based medical school. Our curriculum is built at the intersection of engineering and medicine, with most courses designed by a team composed of a basic scientist, clinician, and engineer. The curriculum infuses basic sciences, clinical sciences, engineering and innovation, and medical humanities into all four years. We place high value on patient-centered care, systems-based delivery, innovation and research, and early clinical exposure.

Mark Cohen, dean

Dr. Mark Cohen is the Dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Carle Health. He is a practicing surgical oncologist and endocrine surgeon and a tenured professor of Surgery and Biomedical and Translational Sciences in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is also a Founder Professor in The Grainger College of Engineering in the Department of Bioengineering, as well as a professor in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. 

His work has been continuously funded by the NCI (NIH) for 17 years, and he has also received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense, and even NASA. He has published 135 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has held multiple leadership roles in national medical and surgical societies, including several national leadership positions in surgical societies, and is a founding member and program co-lead of the Holomedicine Association and currently Chairs the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education.

Advancement staff

Jessica Breitbarth, Associate Dean for Advancement
Chief Advancement Officer

Open positions
Major gift officer search open

Foundation partners
Prospect Development Analyst Liaison: Joanna Pike
Manager, Research and Portfolio Management: Jane Cronkhite

Fundraising information

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Carle Health

Carle Health is the biggest healthcare system in our area, and combines clinical care, health insurance, medical research and higher education. They provided a foundational gift to help launch the College. You can learn more about the partnership here. Located in Urbana, the flagship 453-bed Carle Foundation Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center.

Student and alumni demographics

Graduates/Attendees/Current Students: 283
Graduates: 55